Diploma of Community Development

Victoria University (VU)

This qualification is part of the Community Services Training Package. It reflects the role of individuals who manage the development and delivery of programs that build capacity of communities to influence and guide their own future through public social change processes. At this level, workers have specialised skills with complexity in the range and choices of actions required. Workers will generally have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers. This work may be undertaken through organisations working across a range of social, environment, health, economic, arts and culture, recreation sectors.

Entry Requirements:

No minimum education; or equivalent relevant vocational experience


14 units: 8 core; 6 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Develop and implement community programs; Support community action; Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes; Implement community development strategies; Manage and promote diversity; plus more. Electives: Plan health promotion and community intervention; Facilitate the interests and rights of clients; Provide advocacy and representation services; Present information to stakeholder groups; Secure and manage funding; plus more.

Further information:

Where work also involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, candidates are recommended to select the following unit: Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Related Careers:

Community Worker,
Campus Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
St Albans
City Flinders
Footscray Nicholson Yes Part time
Footscray Park
Sunshine Full time 1.5 years
Sunshine Yes Part time
City King
Footscray Nicholson Yes Full time 1.5 years
City Queen
Sunshine Yes Full time 1.5 years
Sunshine Part time
Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.

First-year and second-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once. From 2020, all students will be taught in this way.

Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses. The Polytechnic creates pathways direct to the workforce or to university degrees.

VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at its Melbourne and Sydney campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.

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